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Monday 29th August
I have been working on a quilt with lots of different background fabrics. These are from the Jen Kingwell collection for Moda and I have combined them with the last of my bundle of Karen Lewis fabrics. Still lots of work in progress but have been enjoying the journey.

Sunday 21st August

This month seems to be disappearing in a blur. I have been working on a project for a magazine. Here is just a sneaky peak of a tiny bit as I can't show you much more:

I have a pattern in this month's Popular Patchwork magazine. I designed this quilt around the fabrics as I had bought a huge pile of Karen Lewis fat quarters because I loved them. The quilt is machine pieced and quilted and I think really showcases the fabrics.

Tuesday 16th August
Yesterday found me at the Rose Gardens in St Albans for a celebration event for Rowan. They were celebrating 60 editions of their knitting and crochet magazine to which Kaffe Fassett has contributed to every one of them. There was a fashion show hosted by Kaffe with knitwear through the years from many of the magazines and then another fashion show featuring knitwear from their latest magazine number 60. The event finished with a cream tea in the gardens on a perfect sunny day. Many of his garments and quilts were displayed in the gardens and looked lovely amongst the roses.

Monday 15th August
Festival of Quilts was so busy but great fun. It was good to catch up with so many people. I taught six classes so was on the go the whole time and also did a book signing on the Popular Patchwork stand. One of the classes that I taught was called Basement Windows. Everyone worked in a different colourway so it will be good to see the finished quilts. Here is some of the student's work in progress - one block from each student:

I loved looking at all the quilts and even in four days probably didn't see everything. One of the galleries of quilts that I especially loved was the work of Rosie James. She creates her pictures using black thread with lots of references to pylons. It is so effective:

Monday 8th August
Some lovely fabric arrived in the post this morning to make a project for a magazine. Two bundles of Art Gallery fabric. I am so going to enjoy working with these.

Sunday 7th August
I belong to the Modern Quilt Group which is an on line group and part of the Quilter's Guild. We have a challenge goiing on at the moment to make a small 20" quilt using black, white and one other colour. All these challenge quilts will be on display later in the year. Here is my work in progress:

Saturday 6th August
If you are going to the Festival of Quilts come and say hello. I will be on the Popular Patchwork stand H3 book signing and chatting. Here is the timetable and info from PP below along with the other designers and teachers who will be there:

We have some demos organised at the PP stand next week, so come along and say hello to Stuart, or learn a new skill from Janet, Mandy and Sara

Janet Goddard Friday midday till 1, and Saturday 1.30 – 2.15pm. Signing copies of her new book, Simply Modern Patchwork Bags, and samples from the book will be on display.
Stuart Hillard - Thursday and Friday morning from 11 till 11.45 to chat to readers.
Mandy Munroe - see her demonstrating her half hexagon technique. Saturday, 11 till 12 and 2.30 till 3.30.
Sara Cook will be demonstrating Sashko on Sunday morning, 11 till midday.

Friday 5th August
Festival of Quilts prep is on-going. Busy making lots of packs of materials at the moment. The studio looks a mess but it has to get worse before it gets better! Several of my classes are fully booked but there are some spaces on my Basement Windows quilt workshop on Saturday morning and also my Folk Art Felt Pin Cushions quick and easy class on the Saturday afternoon. Pack making in progress:

Sunday 31st July
I have been working on a project for a magazine using some lovely Michael Miller Christmas fabrics. Lots of mint, pink and red fabrics with very cute little spearmint pinwheels, bows and wine bottles. Not your traditional Christmas range of fabrics but very bright and eye catching.

Sunday 24th July
Prepartion for the Festival of Quilts has started! I have six classes to teach and five of them need packs of supplies for the students. Today was all about Italian corded quilting. I am teaching this with a modern twist so have enjoyed making up the projects and samples. The first uses coloured yarn and organza and the second is a machine version on white fabric.

Sunday 17th July
Quick trip to the garden centre this morning to get a few supplies when I spied this patchwork chair. Isn't it lovely?

Friday 15th July
My Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine arrived yesterday with a supplementary booklet "Kawaii Hexies". I have never seen these before so was interested to see how they were constructed. These are foundation pieced hexagons with a range of really cute designs. For lovers of hand sewing these are great and I especially liked the little dog and cute bunny. There are 26 designs so good value for the magazine and booklet.

Tuesday 12th July
It is always really lovely to see that someone has used one of your patterns and made a quilt. This pattern featured recently in Popular Patchwork magazine and has been made by Louisa at She has a great website with lots of lovely fabrics and patterns to buy. Here is her quilt with a little green elephant and a super backing:

Sunday 3rd July
Sunshine at last! It has been so good to spend time outside in the sun and fresh air. Let's hope it lasts and we don't see any rain for awhile. Hence not a lot of sewing has taken place this weekend.

I thought that I would tell you about an event that is taking place week beginning 15th August at The Royal National Rose Society Gardens that are just outside St Albans in Hertfordshire. The week begins with this:


Rowan Yarns 60th Magazine Event with Kaffe Fassett –  Monday 15th August 2016 The iconic Rowan fabric and knitwear designer, famed for his use of colour work and fabulous floral patterns, will be hosting a talk on his career, the inspiration behind it and the history of his association with Rowan. A fashion show of famous Kaffe designs from the past, a book signing and a wonderful cream tea will follow.

Each day there are a number of workshops taking place. I am teaching patchwork workshops for beginners, bag making and also my Basement Windows quilt. There are also workshops on knitting and crochet. The website can be found at

Sunday 26th June
These three lovely ladies have been very busy. Martine has finished her Seasonal Sampler quilt and Bibi and Marilyn have finished their quilt tops from just two weeks ago. Looking good!


Sunday 19th June
I thought that I would share another one of the projects from the book. This is a super sized satchel. Roomy enough for a laptop or an e reader. I really like the fabric with the lettering and little icons and the contrast with the lighter fabric.

Saturday 18th June
I am a bit late putting these on the blog, but last weekend I taught a class at Just Between Friends. We were making these lovely quilts. Here is some of the work in progress:

I hope that you all get your quilts finished.

Saturday 11th June
My quilts have made it to the front cover of two magazines this month - Popular Patchwork and Fabrications. In Popular Patchwork you will find the pattern for "There Has to be One!" which is a project with appliqued elephants and also pieced flying geese and in Fabrications I have two projects. The quilt on the front cover is "Shaded Twists and Turns" which is a pieced strip quilt and there is also a "Memory Star" cushion.

Wednesday 8th June
I have to show you this lovely cushion that I won in a raffle at the recent exhibition I attended. It has been made by Lucy from recycled mens shirts. The strips are folded and stitched on one side to create a really lovely effect and then on the other side the buttons and button holes are used to good effect. The cushion has now found a place on the chair in one of the bedrooms. Isn't it just great and a really good use of recycled materials!

Sunday 5th June
Yesterday afternoon we had a show and tell at Just Between Friends quilt shop. The students from my Seasonal Sampler quilt workshops have been busy finishing their quilts and brought them back to show each other. We started the afternoon with a little hand stitching and each made a felt brooch. We then showed each other our lovely quilts and finished the afternoon with a some strawberries and cream. It always amazes me how different the quilts are even though everyone works from the same pattern. Well done ladies you should all be very proud of yourselves. Thank you also Carol for the lovely afternoon tea. Here are all the quilts:

Wednesday 1st June

Here is another project from my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags". This is a shopper's tote and is great for carrying heavier items as the handles go right under the bag for extra reinforcement. The fabrics used here are by Joel Dewberry for Rowan.

Sunday 29th May
Today I visited Roding Valley Quilt Group's exhibition in Chigwell Essex. The exhibition is held in St Mary's Church and all the quilts are draped over the pews with a few hung from the beams in the ceiling. The church just comes alive with a riot of colour from all the quilts and it was wonderful to see such a diverse range of projects. Some of my students had quilts on display and it was lovely to see their finished work. Here are a few of my favourites:

Next to the church is a hall with refreshments, a cake stall, trader and gift stalls. I managed to somehow come home with a lemon drizzle cake! The exhibition is open tomorrow also from 10am so if you are close by - check it out!

Tuesday 24th May
How amazing is this? When the books are delivered my name is printed on the outside of the cardboard box with "author" next to it!

Popular Patchwork magazine did an interview with me this month all about the book and bag making. There are also some photos of some of my work.


Sunday 22nd May
Today I am sharing with you the Classic Clutch Bag from my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags". I have made this in Tula Pink fabric and added some plain red fabric for contrast. This clutch is compact, padded and quilted to give definition. It would be good to make to go with a special outfit.

Saturday 21st May
I thought that over the next few days I would share with you some of the bags from my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags". The book is available to purchase on Amazon, Search Press or in the shops. The photo today shows the bag that is on the cover of the book and is a favourite of mine. This bag holds such a lot and is finished with leather handles and metal bag feet. I have now made this bag in 6 different fabrics and never tire of the design. These fabrics are from Dashwood and are called Suffolk Garden.

Saturday 14th May

Today I have been at Connecting Threads Quilt group in Elstree teaching a class where we have been making 3D flowers. The flowers are made by twisting, gathering and ruching fabric. The flowers could then be finished as a cushion, wall hanging or book cover. Here are lots of flowers as work in progress:

Sunday 8th May
I spent yesterday teaching a class at Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead. We were working on "Up in the Tree" which features lots of machine applique. It is always good to see the students building up their pictures so here is some work in progress:

Saturday 7th May
And here are some more:

Friday 6th May
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had started making pouches for the Quilter's Guild tombola to be held at the Festival of Quilts. I had six zips so made six pouches. (some were better than others!) It was a good way to use up fabric scraps and I hope that my little contribution helps. Here are the first three:

Monday 2nd May

Don't you just love having this extra day on the weekend with the bank holiday? I have been working my way through an enormous list of things to do which I have probably done half of but I am about to have some sewing time now. I just wanted to show you this lovely quilt made by Sam from an earlier workshop with me - Stars in the Cabin. Sam has used a really vibrant colour palette in her quilt and has finished it with some fancy stitch quilting:


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